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Cyclone and Waterspout at New Brunswick.

An extra edition of the “ Moniteur Avadien” contains the following particulars of the great storm at Buctouche :—At about one o’clock on Wednesday afternoon the sky was covered with dark, thick clouds, and heavy thunderclaps were heard in the distance. This presaged a tempest, but nobody expected the terrific one thatplunged the people of North Bank in terror. Some tliick clouds ploughed the sky, and two especially, and black, approached each other from opposite directions, and came into collision at Rich Cove, about two miles above Mary’s Church. The shock was terrible, forming a waterspout conical in shape and frightful in size. The cyclone, moving towards the east, traversed several small woods, uprooting and raising everything in the course of its passage for the width of two acres. Three farm-houses with bams and stock were scattered about the fields. After describing a circle towards the north, the waterspout fell upon a bam and completely demolished it. The zigzag course saved St. Mary’s and the Presbyterian churches and their dependencies. Advancing towards the east in a .zigzag fashion, in the twinkling of an eye it reached Buctouche Church, where it wrought its last destruction on the side of the frith, and then lost itself in the sea. On the river the waterspout lifted two arches from the top of the big bridge to the south of the channel, and launched them a hundred paces below'. The covering of the mill on the south side w r as carried off, and the crown was injured. Returning to the river the cyclone moved back to strike the convent, the church and presbytery, and it is here especially that the ruins are enormous and the destruction indiscribable. The convent was considerably damaged, the church steeple was raised on one side many feet, and the church itself w r as othermise much damaged, outside and in. The presbytery is a mere mass of ruins. The violence of the cyclone was tremendous. Houses were raised thirty feet and dashed to pieces. At St. Mary hi Church trunks of trees, poles, pieces of wood, Ac., traversed the air with the rapidity of lightning. A large, heavy hay cart, that had been left near a barn at St. Mary’s was transported a quarter of a mile, and a carriage was smashed to atoms. Ricks of hay containing twenty tons nearly disappeared before the tornado. One of the gallery benches of the Buctouche Church was carried through a window into the presbytery. The number of -dead and wounded, large as it appears, is w'onderfully small considering the circumstances. Among the dead are the wife of Etrenne Duplestis, who was confined to her bed with sickness, and was found dead in it in her demolished house; Jean Squaw, wife of Thadeus, who had her head broken by stones from a chimney; a two year old child of Alexis Roy, who died yesterday of wounds received. Among the wounded are Alexis Roy, dangerously bruised all over his body; Mrs M. Girouard, whose skull is fractured, and who remained insensible until this morning ; Narcisse Chesse, wife, and two daughters, badly bruised ; Anseime Allain, sick in bed and much bruised ; a little Girl of Phillip Cornier, burned foot ; two little girls of Thomas Ward, . legs crushed; an Indian widow ; fractured skull and other injuries, and expected to die ; two young Indian girls, broken arms; a young Indian, wounded in the leg; a child of Yitol Girouard, fatally wounded. The number of houses destroyed is more than eighty. The losses amount to fully SIOO,OOO.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 16, 1 November 1879

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Cyclone and Waterspout at New Brunswick. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 16, 1 November 1879